This post is Day 25 in a series of studies about “Nehemiah”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Nehemiah – Day 25
Nehemiah must have been feeling satisfied with all that the builders had accomplished. The wall was finished. There remained only the doors to be put in place. But the enemy was feeling that he must attack because he really did not want all entries to the city to be blocked.
When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it — though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates — Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me.
We first met these three rogues in chapter 2:10&19, and in chapter 4:1&7 and it is obvious that they are not giving up. The enemy never does. Ever since Jesus’ resurrection he is a beaten foe, but he is also extremely stubborn, and doesn’t give up.
What amuses me in this verse is the name of the valley. Depending on the pronunciation, it could be “the valley of Oh No!!” Is that a wise place to go and meet anyone? Especially your enemy?
Nehemiah must have been feeling satisfied with all that the builders had accomplished. The wall was finished. There remained only the doors to be put in place. But the enemy was feeling that he must attack once more because he really did not want all entries to the city to be blocked.
We often find in our own Christian lives that when something is really successful, (especially something for the Lord) then the enemy comes flooding in with accusations, lies, gossip, or with accidents or illness for people close to us. He never plays fair. We must, as active believers, learn to recognise him, and pray for protection against all his schemes. Church history is full of tragedy, dispute and division caused by this same enemy.
Pray today for the successful completion of any “good work” that you are involved in. Pray for those working with you, and for the leaders.
Praise God for those in your church and in your area who work well together, pray for God’s guidance for them.